Table of Contents: October 2010

Military tests unmanned helicopters to reduce supply risks
Roadside bombs and anti-aircraft fire have made supply missions into Afghanistan a perilous venture. But the Marines think they have found a better way.
An inside look at Valeant Pharmaceuticals' emergency shipment program An inside look at Valeant Pharmaceuticals' emergency shipment program
For specialty drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals, on-time deliveries can be a life-or-death proposition.
"Goods to person" puts a different spin on order picking "Goods to person" puts a different spin on order picking
In some of today's high-tech warehouses, workers no longer trudge up and down aisles to fill orders. Sophisticated machines deliver everything they need right to their stations.
Six ways to ease the ISF compliance pain Six ways to ease the ISF compliance pain
Finding it tough to meet the Importer Security Filing ("10+2") mandate? Here are some ideas that may make the road a little smoother.
Office Depot VP touts potential of off-the-shelf technology for supply chain applications Office Depot VP touts potential of off-the-shelf technology for supply chain applications
Brent Beabout of Office Depot has made a career of developing innovative IT solutions for logistics and supply chain problems. And the kinds of technologies he has used might surprise you.
Partners, preparation called key to entering Middle East markets Partners, preparation called key to entering Middle East markets
The fast-growing economies of the Middle East and North Africa offer tempting opportunities for exporters. But getting a foothold in the market takes some doing.

Voices
Fastlane: WERC announces certification program for warehouses
First-ever Warehouse Certification Program provides independent verification of warehousing facilities' capabilities.
Basic Training: Next up for C-TPAT: Warehouses and DCs?
At first glance, C-TPAT appears to be all about carriers and other transportation players. But DC managers shouldn't assume they're off the hook.
Outbound: Could ad campaign be answer to logistics' PR woes?
When it comes to raising awareness of logistics, a single private-sector company may finally succeed where some of the brightest minds in the business have failed.
Inbound
Forklifts not the same the world over
With lift trucks, there's no such thing as a "universal" model. A truck that's a best-seller in one region can be a bust in another.
Summer camp offers training for the trainers
At material handling "camp," teachers from eight states learn how to develop warehouse training programs.
UPS ditches "Brown," declares love for "Logistics"
Don't expect to see those "What Can Brown Do For You" ads anymore. UPS has thrown them over for a new love.
Retired railroader earns longevity record
Guinness Book of World Records identifies retired BNSF Railroad employee as world's oldest man.
Students see supply chain up close and personal
Business students travel to China to learn first-hand how the supply chain works.
Express carrier helps startup cope with runaway growth
Stretchy Shapes' wildly popular bracelets are reaching stores much faster today, thanks to DHL Express.
Logistics gives back
Here's our monthly roundup of some of the charitable works and donations by companies in the material handling and logistics space.
Newsworthy
Crown unveils fuel cell-powered forklift with in-dash controls, gauges
New design allows driver to check cell status, access control box without stopping truck, manufacturer says.
U.S. industrial property market shows signs of life
JLL report finds modest improvements but warns that recovery remains a dot on the horizon.
YRC Teamsters offer further concessions in return for CEO's ouster
Teamsters propose allowing YRC to forgo five years of pension contributions in return for removal of Chairman and CEO Zollars.
Diesel-use index declines in August
Index developers say results are disappointing but do not suggest a double-dip recession.
Truckers boosting rates but not capacity, survey finds
Carriers expect demand to pick up over the next 12 months, but most will add little or no capacity. In the meantime, they aren't hesitating to raise rates.
Customs head continues ban on C-TPAT eligibility for non-asset based 3PLs
CBP chief Bersin says agency's C-TPAT resources are best allocated to companies with extensive international exposure, not 3PLs with primarily domestic operations.
Dematic completes HK acquisition
Newly combined company will be called Dematic.
FedEx to combine its LTL freight units
Memphis-based carrier will close 100 terminals, cut 1,700 jobs in effort to turn struggling LTL business around.
Zurich unveils "all-risk" supply chain insurance
Insurer says new product covers key suppliers against all risks, not just specific "named perils."
Transport job postings jump in August
Search firm says postings for transportation jobs showed biggest year-over-year gain of 12 industries tracked.